Welcome to the Piddle Valley Website

Latest update:   27-09-2023

This site has been created by the PVNV (Piddle Valley News & Views) Editorial Team to bring into one place information about the history, activities, facilities and resources - available to residents and visitors alike - in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, which include the settlements of Plush and White Lackington.

Situated in the heart of Dorset and on the upper reaches of the River Piddle, the communities have a population of some 1,220 and lie predominantly along the B3143 and the River Piddle, from its source near Alton Pancras, southward through Piddletrenthide to Piddlehinton.

DEFIBRILLATORS - update at 29/04/2023

The Defibrillator in ALTON PANCRAS telephone kiosk has now been repaired, & updated and is in full service.

The Defibrillator by the Brace of Pheasants in PLUSH has been serviced and updated and is available for use.

The Defibrillators in WHITE LACKINGTON and PIDDLETRENTIDE (by the Memorial Hall) have been temporarily replaced with service units while the batteries and software are updated. They are available for use if required

The Defibrillator at PIDDLEHINTON Village Hall will shortly be temporarily replaced while the updates are carried out.

The Defibrillator at the RUGBY CLUB site is temporarily unavailable due to vandalism. A vandal resistand cabinet and new unit are being sourced. We will advise when this site is returned to use.

"VETS" telephone number - 17/01/2023.

The "VETS" telephone number - a 'one stop' call that you can make to get assistance in having a Defibrillator brought to you in an emergency, is currently not working. Urgent steps are being taken to get this service reinstated and we will advise as soon as this is fixed

Please scroll down for further important information

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

We now have a supply of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Calendars (£5), diaries (£4) Your continued support is very much appreciated so if you are able to offer further support by buying either of these items please do get in touch.

With thanks, Susan & Terry Dredge - local volunteers

Tel: 01300 348120 or pidval22@live.com.

PIDDLE VALLEY SHOP has permanently closed as of 27th February 2023.


Piddlehinton Village Hall - Thursdays 11.00am to 1.00pm

Charlton Down Shop - 9.00am - 6.00pm

Cerne Abbas Stores

Buckland Newton Village Hall - Monday, Tuesday,Friday - 09.00am to 12.00pm

Annual reminder - Look out for Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs face three main dangers, particularly when the nights get cooler and darker:

An unlit bonfire looks an inviting hibernation spot to a hedgehog. But when the bonfire is lit, the hog will not run out and will suffer a horrible death. To avoid this, build your bonfire on the day you plan to light it.

Dark roads: Hedgehogs are more difficult to see during these dark nights, so please slow down and watch out for them when driving at night.

Hunger: Late born hoglets have difficulty finding enough food and getting to hibernation weight (650gms). From November onwards, any hoglets found foraging at night or in the day should be taken in and fattened up. If fed outside, they may wander off to hibernate while still underweight and will probably not survive the winter. To give them a chance, please put them a box and call me. I can advise you how to look after them or find someone to care for them until they weigh enough to hibernate and can be released.

To give them a chance:
  • Prepare a box - line it with newspaper and a towel
  • Add a warm hot water bottle wrapped in a tea towel for the Hog to snuggle up to
  • Wearing stout gloves, lift it carefully into the box
  • Add a shallow bowl of water
  • Call me. I can sdvise on how to look after them or find someone to care for them until they weigh enough to hibernate or release.

Kate Boyle 01300 348562 or Janet Keen 01300 348851

News Items index

For a detailed list (with links) of each change to the news, content and items available on this website, click on the "latest news" button to the bottom right. It is perhaps a good place to add to your "Favourites" list if you are familiar with the site.

Index of miscellaneous news items is below. Click on the link to go directly to the article, otherwise, where a page for a specific topic exists, relevant items will generally be on that dedicated page.


Dog Waste - again!


Southern Electric Priority Support Service, for vulnerable persons

Phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105"

Traffic and travel portal from DCC

Reporting Highway, Bridleway & footpath defects

Website Information

Reporting Highways, bridleway & Rights of Way issues

Dorset Councilhave now set up a dedicated part on their website https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/roads-highways-maintenance/roads-highways-and-maintenance where members of the public can notify them direct of defects or other maintenance issues relating to Public Highways.

There is also a page where one can report issues relating to Rights of Way.

Phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105"

105 is a free telephone number that people in England, Scotland and Wales can call to report or get information about power cuts in their area. It will put people straight through to their local network operator. The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. If there is a serious immediate risk, people should call the emergency services too by dialling 999.

You can call 105 no matter who you choose to buy electricity from. To find out who your network operator is, visit www.powercut105.com

Southern Electric Priority Support Service (Jan 2023)

SSE have advised that they provide an emergency support service for individuals or areas where there are special needs, in the event of a significant power cut. They can provide additional help if you have particular medical needs at home and are dependent on electricity.

Examples are where you :

  • Rely on kidney dialysis equipment
  • Are recovering from a major operation
  • Have a very young baby in the family
  • Are blind or partially sighted
  • Have special communication needs

If you need extra support during a power cut you can register with Scottish & Southern for their Priority Services Register. Ring SSE now.

Contact numbers are:- freephone 0800 294 3259; mobile 0345 072 1900; textphone 0800 316 5457.

If you have need of their services, or know someone else who does, please do not hesitate to contact SSE direct.

The traffic and travel portal from DC

Dorset Council have a live traffic and travel portal 'TravelDorset'.

TravelDorset brings together all traffic and travel information for the whole of the county including live traffic alerts, road works, diversions, live bus and rail departures and cycling/walking routes.

This is a great resource for local residents, businesses and visitors helping them get from A to B whether it's by road, bus, train, bike or on foot.

TravelDorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.

The website address is:https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/travel/travel-dorset/live-travel-updates, and it is also available through the "Local Interest" index link on the left menu.

Website information

The content is regularly updated and new areas added

Generally, it should be noted that any information about events, that is too late or too large for inclusion in the printed News & Views, will be published here.

There is a link at the top of the Index, to the left, and also a separate button on the top right of the Home Page, to a page which shows the latest articles that have been added. I hope this will help you keep track of changes on your favourite pages.

All active links on the Index to the left are in black and will show an arrowhead alongside as you move the mouse pointer over them. When appropriate, there will also be a ++ shown against the particular topic that you are viewing, to aid navigation around the site.

If you are a representative of any Club, Society or other Organisation and would like to be included in this site, please contact the Editor on editor@piddlevalley.info or me at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk to discuss.

The list of headings in the Index to the left is not exclusive and will be extended as necessary to include you.

If there are any corrections required, or broken links are found, please let me know at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk